Year: 1968 Source: Nursing Mirror, v.27, (August 30 1968), p.15 SIEC No: 19842568

Attempted suicides tend to be treated only physically & rarely psychologically because hospital staff dislike them. These patients believe death is preferable to life & they rebel against treatment. Nurses & doctors often lack confidence & understanding in approaching them, so little personal contact is made with suicidal patients. Sometimes the patient is unresponsive to staff attempts to form a relationship. Staff tend to assume, erroneously, that the patient wants to get well. (KM)